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August 15th 2018

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15th August 2018

Social Justice is the heartbeat of the Church

"Social justice, is the heartbeat of the church. We can't talk theology, we can't talk pastoral care, we can't talk ministry, without doing social justice - it's the heart of our community." Archbishop Winston Halapua
Back in 2017, the Anglican Social Justice Unit got a reboot and we now have access to a superb online resource: It sets out to highlight and advocate social justice issues across the spectrum: from ministry to those living with disabilities to environmental issues; from housing to sexual violence. This new site is a resource hub that not only gives free access to parliamentary submissions, seminars, and videos but prayers, studies and theological reflection. It is both fully searchable and it allows you to upload resources that you have found useful.
So as you and your community try to navigate social justice issues, we strongly recommend that you take the time to see what this gift to the church can offer you. For example, today the church remembers St Mary, the Mother of Jesus, so start reading about some of the issues facing Women and Children.
Motion 7 Education Update
The Bishop has invited a team of six, from across the Diocese, to develop an education strategy for Waikato and Taranaki. We are delighted that all six proposed members have agreed to be involved, as they each have an important contribution to make. This group will also help devise the parameters for the promised Motion 7 conversation at next month's Synod meeting .
Euthanasia Update
Considerable work has already been done to accumulate the many excellent resources already available. However, a team is required to critically assess these and package them for ministry units.
An invitation has been sent to a number of people with specific skills in palliative care, chaplaincy, mental health and elder care.
Te Rau Aroha Camp Sale Proceeds
Please be assured that the utilisation and investment of the proceeds of the sale of the Camp will be a matter for discussion and debate at Synod. Synod will be guided by the recommendations of the Standing Committee, which has yet to address the matter in any detail. These recommendations will be made known to Synod members as soon as possible after Standing Committee next meets. In the meantime, the net proceeds of sale have been invested in a short term interest-bearing deposit.
Part-time opportunity
There is a part-time ordained ministry opportunity in the Parish of St Paul Huntly, to work alongside the Priest in charge. There is remuneration provided.
For more information please contact the Waikato co-archdeacons Ven. Paul Weeding (07 843 6332) or Ven. Joyce Marcon (021 616 390)

St John's College Trust Board Scholarships

  • The St John's College individual scholarship applications are now OPEN



Registrations now open Please register now online


Bishop's Training Day

The training day will be held on Saturday August 18th, in Te Kuiti at St Luke's Church, with the teaching commencing at 10:30am.
  • 10am Morning Tea & Conversation
  • 10:30am Eucharist
  • 11am Session One
  • 12:30pm Lunch
  • 1:30pm Reflections on Session One
  • 2pm Session Two
  • 3pm/3:30pm Departure
Registrations close at 5pm today - Wednesday 15 August

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